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Arts and arms : literature, politics and patriotism during the Seven Years War /
M. John Cardwell.
Manchester : Manchester University Press ; Vancouver : Distributed in Canada by UBC Press, 2004.
xi, 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Manchester : Manchester University Press ; Vancouver : Distributed in Canada by UBC Press, 2004.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-301) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
M. John Cardwell is a researcher at the Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-02-01:
Unless potential readers already can identify George Bubb Dodington or Charles Hanbury Williams, this book is not for them. However, for those with a background in mid-18th-century British political history, this book is it. Much of this study has an amazingly modern feel. Cardwell traces an outpouring of verse, cartoons, and prose aimed at swaying the political establishment and the populace beyond it. As he demonstrates, the altered dispatch, the catchy phrase, and the gross exaggeration of opponents' views had a long history before the Internet and Fox News. Cardwell handles with skill and clarity some rather complex matters relating to the Seven Years War, and he makes a good case for the importance of this type of literature to the 18th-century British political world. About the only lapse worth noting is an occasional problem with sticking to the chronology of events. For no obvious reason, a few topics appear out of sequence. That one relatively minor weakness aside, this is a well-told piece of interdisciplinary work. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate libraries and professional historians. R. E. Schreiber Indiana University South Bend
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"Cardwell has produced a thorough and detailed account that draws on a wide range of contemporary sources. His book succeeds in providing new insights as well as added depth to our understanding of the Seven Years War and its place in British history"--Stephen Conway, University College London
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Main Description
This study examines the political controversies of the Seven Years War as reflected in contemporary British poetry, ballads, fiction, drama, and prose satire. It investigates their authorship, patronage, publication, and distribution, including dissemination through the press and via political prints. The literary works in question demonstrate a great diversity in authorship and political sophistication, with patrons and writers extending from members of the parliamentary classes through the professional and commercial orders, to semi-literate ballad-singers. Genres range from high political satire and parodies of parliamentary debates to popular ballads and verse graffiti; in all they reveal a thriving literary-political culture, which embraced all stations of society. Protagonists featured include William Pitt, Henry Fox, the Duke of Newcastle, Lord Bute, George II & III, and Britain's ally Frederick II of Prussia.
Table of Contents
List of platesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Textual and bibliographical notesp. xii
Introduction: a literary-political culturep. 1
Pelham's death, Pitt and patriotismp. 17
Byng and the fall of Minorcap. 46
Minorca, the Newcastle ministry, and the failures of warp. 73
Patriotism resurrectedp. 103
The collapse of the Newcastle ministryp. 127
The rise of Pittp. 151
The Pitt-Newcastle ministryp. 185
North America and Germanyp. 209
Pitt, patriotism and the peacep. 239
Conclusionp. 278
Select bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 302
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